A weekend-long celebration is ALWAYS a fabulous way to start a marriage and these Seattle nuptials hit the ball right out of the park.  Vibrant colors, fantastic food and the blending of two cultures and families… it just doesn’t get any better than that.  Thankfully, Ryan Flynn Photography captured every last loving moment and the gallery is overflowing with pretty, pretty details for us to peruse.  Join me there, won’t you?

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From the Bride… Our family and friends were really the inspiration for our wedding. It was our hope to throw a wedding that was a celebration of thanks to those who had gotten us this far. Almost every guest at the wedding was someone one of us had known for 10 years or longer. Blending our two cultures and families was fun and seamless. We had two days of celebration that started Friday night with an Indian Mehndi night and ended with Italian cannoli and a dance party at our reception, where our two families really became one. Friday events started early as I began my Mehndi at 9 a.m. My husband and his groomsman did all the cooking for the evening’s event and worked up until the last minute frying samosas and cooking other Indian treats. When the evening arrived, everything was perfect. Friends and family mingled and had henna applied to their hands and feet. We gave bangles to all the female guests, and my bridesmaids each wore a sari fitting to their personalities. My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful set of jewelry that she had bought years ago in Pakistan. Coincidentally, I picked a sari that almost matched the sari she wore when she first met my father-in-law. We also served Coke in glass bottles at the event to recognize my in-laws’ wedding anniversary, as they had served Coke as a treat for their guests 37 years before. As a surprise, our wedding party choreographed an Indian dance for our Mehndi night.

Food is very important to us both, which is why we choose Palace Ballroom as our Saturday civil ceremony and reception site. The venue is owned and catered by Tom Douglas, a well-known chef here in Seattle. He also owns many of the restaurants where we went on some of our first dates. Having food at our wedding that reminded us of the early stages of our relationship was really a treat for us. We both wanted to keep with tradition and not see each other till the ceremony, but we did have a chance to talk between walls before the start. I am so happy our photographer caught the moment. The day was filled with love and emotion. We had filled the venue with candles, as well as fresh flowers from Pike Place Market. The judge who married us was the same one who married my husband’s brother a few years back.

At the reception, our family and friends gave the most thoughtful toasts, and our fathers signed the marriage license as our witnesses. Dancing was hugely important to our wedding. Since I was little, I had dreamed of dancing with my father to the song “Hey There” from the musical Pajama Game. My father was a single parent who raised me always surrounded by the love of our family and friends — Hey There has always been our song. My oldest friend’s father and brother are both talented musicians so while they sang and played the piano, my father and I finally had our father-daughter dance. It was such a moment of gratitude and thanks between the two of us, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. Additionally, my 89-year-old grandma had gotten married six months earlier in a private ceremony, and so we asked her and her new husband (who is 91!) to come up after our first dance for a first dance of their own. It was amazing to see them dance and their love was an inspiration for us all. Last but not least, my maid of honor caught the bouquet and two months later, got engaged! Our wedding was more then we could have asked for. Our real wish now is to have a marriage as beautiful as our wedding day!

Mehndi Night + Wedding Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography / Mehndi Preparation Photography: Kylie Springman / Friday Night Mehndi Venue: Mercer Island Community & Event Center on Mercer Island, Seattle, Washington / Saturday Night Wedding Venue: Palace Ballroom in Seattle, Washington / Flowers: Pike Place Market / Event Design + Planning: DIY / Day-Of Coordinator: Megan Clark of Clutch Events / Wedding Invitations: Merchants Design + Amyn Hakam / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Veil: Jennifer Leigh / Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Kiwi” / Mehndi: Sha Beauty

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